James M. Polyak, Esq.

Andrea E. Mertz, Esq.

Criminal Defense Attorneys
25 years of experience in the
Criminal Courts of Berks County


645 Penn Street

Suite 500

Reading, PA 19601


Tel. 610-376-5250

Choosing a Berks County, PA Criminal Defense Lawyer because you saw his stern-faced picture on a billboard or in the Yellow Pages, could be a mistake you will live with for the rest of your life. Advertising claims mean nothing. Reputation and  results mean everything. At the very least, you should interview 3 lawyers before making a choice about who to hire. There are many excellent lawyers who practice in the area of criminal defense law in Berks County. The problem is that there are many more who should never step foot inside a courtroom. When interviewing an attorney for a criminal case, at a very minimum, you should ask the following questions:

  • How long have you been practicing criminal law in Reading, PA?
  • How many jury trials did you handle in your career?
  • How many did you win?
  • Do you handle criminal cases in Federal Court as well as State Court?
  • What percentage of your practice is criminal defense?
  • What organizations that support criminal defense lawyers are you a member of?
  • Name 5 local Police Officers in Berks County who are familiar with your reputation as an attorney.


For some reason, the answers to these questions never appear on the fancy billboard, or in the Yellow Page advertisement. BE CAREFUL!